We all feel passionate about something. It may be a small spark or it may be a raging inferno, but the honest truth of the matter is that everyone has an inner motivation or desire to make an impact during their short time on this planet. This is often directly related to our calling.
But many of us either choose to ignore it or feel unable to do anything with it.
Have you ever wondered why you are not walking in your calling? What's stopping you? Let's brainstorm together for a minute...
This weekend I had the privilege of sitting around a table with a group of women to discuss our thoughts & mindset. These invisible things often have so much control over us! Often we don't step out of our comfort zone because we think we are not capable; we think we are not qualified or equipped; we think our voice doesn't matter; we think we have messed up too many times; we think we are too young or too old; we think __________.
Maybe you've heard it said before:
Our thoughts become actions;
our actions become habits;
our habits shape our destiny.
In other words, you become what you believe. If you have a negative thought-life, you will struggle to be successful in your physical life. Philippians 4:4-9 gives some insight here:
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
It's not easy to change our mindset. This takes time and practice. It requires us to be intentional, to be proactive. It can truly be hard work.
But after a while, we begin to have a new way of thinking (Romans 12:2), which will affect how we act. As we begin to study God's Word and learn about who He is and who He says we are, we will begin to see that we don't have to be perfect! Instead, we have a perfect God who uses imperfect people to inact His perfect & pleasing will. Can you believe that?